Re: [humanism-174] My reply to an email my sister forwarded to me.....

From: Chris K
Sent on: Friday, November 23, 2012 8:36 AM
Actually, no. 

There has to be dogma, a supreme being and ritual. 


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On Nov 23, 2012, at 2:58 AM, "Mark R. Orel" <[address removed]> wrote:


So you are using religion as,
any system of belief's, practices,
ethical values, etc., resembling,
suggestive of, or likened to such a
system.  In that humanism, science,
politics and anything else can be a

M. Orel

On 2012-11-22 18:52, Chris K wrote:
No, the state was the religion. 

Whatever Hitler's true beliefs were (and what do we really know of anyone's?) we can refer to a hundred instances in which he portrays himself as a Christian and none in which he portrays himself as an atheist. 

I have never said the president wasn't as religious as he makes himself out to be although many have asserted it. 


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On Nov 22, 2012, at 1:43 PM, "Mark R. Orel" <[address removed]> wrote:


Are you saying that atheism is a religion? 
Or they turned atheism into a religion?
Or this is what happens when an atheist
obtains absolute power?

As far as Hitler's religious beliefs go that is
up for debate.  I think the following passage
from "Mein Kampf" gives a good insight to
his real beliefs, absolute power. 

“I soon realized that the correct use of propaganda is a true art
which has remained practically unknown to the bourgeois parties. Only
the Christian- Social movement, especially in Lueger’s time achieved
a certain virtuosity on this instrument, to which it owed many of its
success.”     Adolf Hitler, "Mein Kampf"   

I would also ask how many times has someone in
discussion said that President Obama isn't as
religious as he says he is? 

M. Orel

On 2012-11-18 19:38, Chris K wrote:
Yep.  Here's a really nice list from Douglas Theobald via PZ Myers.

What always gets me is that people seem to think that the Stalinist Russia and Maoist China had no religion.  That couldn't be further from the truth.  The state WAS the religion, complete with unquestionable dogma, ritual, and all the other accoutrements. 


On Sun, Nov 18, 2012 at 7:08 PM, Mark Tiborsky <[address removed]> wrote:

It looks like the original piece was published not in a newspaper but on a right-wing Spanish website back in 2004, using the pseudonym-

And if the Hitler-as-Christian thing becomes a bone of contention, there is this... haven't cross-referenced it yet, but Austin Cline isn't known to publish B.S.:

On Sun, Nov 18, 2012 at 6:40 PM, Ellen <[address removed]> wrote:
Well said, Chris

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